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Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed. Jon Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts the podcast along with his two colleagues, Will Todman, associate fellow, and Amber Atteridge, associate director. This podcast is made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. All views, positions, and conclusions expressed here should be understood to be solely of those of the speaker(s).

Latest Episodes

Why Women Join the Islamic State

Azadeh Moaveni joins Jon Alterman to discuss her new book,Guest House for Young Widows.Azadeh is awriter and journalist who serves as the gender project director at the International Crisis Group. She tells Jon about some of the women she encountered while writing the book and why they joined the Islamic State. Then, Natasha, Will, and McKinley discuss the deradicalization process for women returning to their home countries. Will Todman and Erol Yayboke, “Refugees Could Help Solve Lebanon’s Economic Crisis,”CSIS,July 10, 2020. Will Todman, “Cross-Border Aid, Covid-19, and U.S. Decisions in Syria,”CSIS,May 8, 2020. Azadeh Moaveni,Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS,Penguin Random House, September 8, 2019. Transcript, “Why Women Join the Islamic State,”CSIS,August 11, 2020.

28 MIN2 d ago
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Why Women Join the Islamic State

The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition

Kim Ghattas joins Jon to discuss her new book,Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East.Kim and Jon trace 40 years of competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran, starting with 1979 and ending with today. Then, the Middle East Program’s new senior fellow, Natasha Hall, joins Jon and McKinley for a discussion on the U.S. role in Saudi-Iranian competition. Jon Alterman, “Covid-19, the Iranians, and Us,”CSIS,July 21, 2020. Kim Ghattas, “The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive,”The Guardian,January 29, 2020. Kim Ghattas, “What Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Tells Us About the Saudi-Iran Rivalry,”The Atlantic,October 2, 2019. Episode transcript, “The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition,”CSIS,July 28, 2020. We would love your feedback! Please follow us@CSISMidEaston Twitter, send us an email atmiddleeastprogram@csis.orgor leave a review on iTunes.

34 MIN2 w ago
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The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition

A Mezze: Blessed Bling

As demand for religious jewelry booms in the Middle East, fake gemstones are flooding the market.

4 MIN3 w ago
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A Mezze: Blessed Bling

The Changing World of Arab Television

On this week'sepisode of Babel,Fadi Ismail joins Jon to discuss Arab television and how it's changing. Fadi Ismail is the founder and general manager of DKL studios in Dubai and has over 30 years of experience with Arab media.During their discussion, Fadi breaks down how and why he brought Turkish programming to the Arab world, what Arab audiences want, and what Arab youth are watching.Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss how audiences are changing in the Arab world. Jon Alterman,New Media, New Politics? From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World,The Washington Institute, 1998 Ravale Mohydin, “Soap operas, fatwas and censorship: the Turkey-UAE battle for hearts and minds,”Middle East Monitor,June 1, 2020. Nabih Bulos, “Game of Shows: In the Middle East, TV programs launched as weapons of war,”LA Times,December 9, 2019. Episode Transcript, “Changing World of Arab Television,” July 14, 2020.

26 MINJUL 14
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The Changing World of Arab Television

A Mezze: Bad Love

Egyptian talk shows are increasingly telling women to “love themselves,” but not everyone is on board with this new messaging.

3 MINJUL 7
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A Mezze: Bad Love

Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19

On this week's episode of Babel, Minister Mohamad al-Ississ joins Jon to talk about Jordan's economy before, during, and after Covid-19. Minister al-Ississ is the Kingdom of Jordan's minister of finance and was previously the minister of planning and international cooperation. During our discussion, the minister breaks down Jordan's recent economic history, the economic recovery plan, and efforts to formalize the informal sector. Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss the impact refugees have had on Jordan. Harun Onder,The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria,The World Bank, 2020. Jon Alterman, “The Middle East’s Challenges Aren’t Just Combatting the Virus,”CSIS,April 28, 2020. Bruce Riedel, “Jordan’s unique coronavirus challenge,”Brookings,April 16, 2020. Manjari Singh, “Jordan after COVID-19: From Crisis Adjustment to Crisis Management,”The Washington Institute,April 15, 2020 Episode Transcript, “Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19,” June 30, 2020

26 MINJUN 30
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Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19

A Mezze: Fodder for Debate

Saudi Arabia’s dairy industry is stirring debate around food security, depleting aquifers, and fodder imports.

4 MINJUN 23
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A Mezze: Fodder for Debate

The Internationalization of Libya

This week on Babel, Jon is joined by Frederic Wehrey, senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During their discussion, Fred breaks down the conflict in Libya, explaining whois involved and why. Fred and Jon also talk about foreign fighters, drones, and what's next for Libya.Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss similarities and differences between the conflicts in Libya and Syria. Sandy Alkoutami and Frederic Wehrey, “China’s Balancing Act,”Lawfare, May 10, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “Libya and Coronavirus” inCoronavirus in Conflict Zones: A Sobering Landscape,ed. by Jarrett Blanc and Frances Z. Brown, April 14, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “’Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess,”Time, February 12, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “Libya’s Bloodshed Will Continue Unless Foreign Powers Stop Backing Khalifa Haftar,”Guardian,February 2, 2020. Episode Transcript:The Internationalization of Libya, CSIS, June 16, 2020.

26 MINJUN 16
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The Internationalization of Libya

A Mezze: Cut from Whole Cloth

Middle Eastern governments are struggling to combat purchases of military uniforms by malign actors attempting to impersonate soldiers.

3 MINJUN 9
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A Mezze: Cut from Whole Cloth

The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy

This week on Babel, Marwa Daoudy, assistant professor at Georgetown University, joins Jon to talk about the climate-security nexus in Syria. Marwa and Jon discuss issues with past reforms in Syria, the relationship between climate change and human insecurity, and government corruption. Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss a report Will released earlier in May on cross-border aid in Syria. Episode Transcript:The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy, CSIS, June 2, 2020. Marwa Daoudy,The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security,Cambridge University Press, March 2020. Marwa Daoudy, “The Structure-Identity Nexus: Syria and Turkey’s Collapse (2011),”Cambridge Review of International Affairs29 (3), 2016. Will Todman,Cross-Border Aid, Covid-19, and U.S. Decisions in Syria, CSIS, May 8, 2020.

24 MINJUN 2
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The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy

Latest Episodes

Why Women Join the Islamic State

Azadeh Moaveni joins Jon Alterman to discuss her new book,Guest House for Young Widows.Azadeh is awriter and journalist who serves as the gender project director at the International Crisis Group. She tells Jon about some of the women she encountered while writing the book and why they joined the Islamic State. Then, Natasha, Will, and McKinley discuss the deradicalization process for women returning to their home countries. Will Todman and Erol Yayboke, “Refugees Could Help Solve Lebanon’s Economic Crisis,”CSIS,July 10, 2020. Will Todman, “Cross-Border Aid, Covid-19, and U.S. Decisions in Syria,”CSIS,May 8, 2020. Azadeh Moaveni,Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS,Penguin Random House, September 8, 2019. Transcript, “Why Women Join the Islamic State,”CSIS,August 11, 2020.

28 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Why Women Join the Islamic State

The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition

Kim Ghattas joins Jon to discuss her new book,Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East.Kim and Jon trace 40 years of competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran, starting with 1979 and ending with today. Then, the Middle East Program’s new senior fellow, Natasha Hall, joins Jon and McKinley for a discussion on the U.S. role in Saudi-Iranian competition. Jon Alterman, “Covid-19, the Iranians, and Us,”CSIS,July 21, 2020. Kim Ghattas, “The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive,”The Guardian,January 29, 2020. Kim Ghattas, “What Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Tells Us About the Saudi-Iran Rivalry,”The Atlantic,October 2, 2019. Episode transcript, “The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition,”CSIS,July 28, 2020. We would love your feedback! Please follow us@CSISMidEaston Twitter, send us an email atmiddleeastprogram@csis.orgor leave a review on iTunes.

34 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The History of Saudi-Iranian Competition

A Mezze: Blessed Bling

As demand for religious jewelry booms in the Middle East, fake gemstones are flooding the market.

4 MIN3 w ago
Comments
A Mezze: Blessed Bling

The Changing World of Arab Television

On this week'sepisode of Babel,Fadi Ismail joins Jon to discuss Arab television and how it's changing. Fadi Ismail is the founder and general manager of DKL studios in Dubai and has over 30 years of experience with Arab media.During their discussion, Fadi breaks down how and why he brought Turkish programming to the Arab world, what Arab audiences want, and what Arab youth are watching.Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss how audiences are changing in the Arab world. Jon Alterman,New Media, New Politics? From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World,The Washington Institute, 1998 Ravale Mohydin, “Soap operas, fatwas and censorship: the Turkey-UAE battle for hearts and minds,”Middle East Monitor,June 1, 2020. Nabih Bulos, “Game of Shows: In the Middle East, TV programs launched as weapons of war,”LA Times,December 9, 2019. Episode Transcript, “Changing World of Arab Television,” July 14, 2020.

26 MINJUL 14
Comments
The Changing World of Arab Television

A Mezze: Bad Love

Egyptian talk shows are increasingly telling women to “love themselves,” but not everyone is on board with this new messaging.

3 MINJUL 7
Comments
A Mezze: Bad Love

Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19

On this week's episode of Babel, Minister Mohamad al-Ississ joins Jon to talk about Jordan's economy before, during, and after Covid-19. Minister al-Ississ is the Kingdom of Jordan's minister of finance and was previously the minister of planning and international cooperation. During our discussion, the minister breaks down Jordan's recent economic history, the economic recovery plan, and efforts to formalize the informal sector. Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss the impact refugees have had on Jordan. Harun Onder,The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria,The World Bank, 2020. Jon Alterman, “The Middle East’s Challenges Aren’t Just Combatting the Virus,”CSIS,April 28, 2020. Bruce Riedel, “Jordan’s unique coronavirus challenge,”Brookings,April 16, 2020. Manjari Singh, “Jordan after COVID-19: From Crisis Adjustment to Crisis Management,”The Washington Institute,April 15, 2020 Episode Transcript, “Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19,” June 30, 2020

26 MINJUN 30
Comments
Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19

A Mezze: Fodder for Debate

Saudi Arabia’s dairy industry is stirring debate around food security, depleting aquifers, and fodder imports.

4 MINJUN 23
Comments
A Mezze: Fodder for Debate

The Internationalization of Libya

This week on Babel, Jon is joined by Frederic Wehrey, senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During their discussion, Fred breaks down the conflict in Libya, explaining whois involved and why. Fred and Jon also talk about foreign fighters, drones, and what's next for Libya.Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss similarities and differences between the conflicts in Libya and Syria. Sandy Alkoutami and Frederic Wehrey, “China’s Balancing Act,”Lawfare, May 10, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “Libya and Coronavirus” inCoronavirus in Conflict Zones: A Sobering Landscape,ed. by Jarrett Blanc and Frances Z. Brown, April 14, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “’Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess,”Time, February 12, 2020. Frederic Wehrey, “Libya’s Bloodshed Will Continue Unless Foreign Powers Stop Backing Khalifa Haftar,”Guardian,February 2, 2020. Episode Transcript:The Internationalization of Libya, CSIS, June 16, 2020.

26 MINJUN 16
Comments
The Internationalization of Libya

A Mezze: Cut from Whole Cloth

Middle Eastern governments are struggling to combat purchases of military uniforms by malign actors attempting to impersonate soldiers.

3 MINJUN 9
Comments
A Mezze: Cut from Whole Cloth

The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy

This week on Babel, Marwa Daoudy, assistant professor at Georgetown University, joins Jon to talk about the climate-security nexus in Syria. Marwa and Jon discuss issues with past reforms in Syria, the relationship between climate change and human insecurity, and government corruption. Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss a report Will released earlier in May on cross-border aid in Syria. Episode Transcript:The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy, CSIS, June 2, 2020. Marwa Daoudy,The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security,Cambridge University Press, March 2020. Marwa Daoudy, “The Structure-Identity Nexus: Syria and Turkey’s Collapse (2011),”Cambridge Review of International Affairs29 (3), 2016. Will Todman,Cross-Border Aid, Covid-19, and U.S. Decisions in Syria, CSIS, May 8, 2020.

24 MINJUN 2
Comments
The Climate-Security Nexus with Marwa Daoudy
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